The Perspectives of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialists on Online Education Applications and Web-based Seminars

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Ozturk Kaygusuz T., Agalar C., Kurtaran B., Çağ Y., Taşbakan M.

MEDITERRANEAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION MICROBES AND ANTIMICROBIALS, vol.10, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/mjima.galenos.2021.2020.4
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus


Introduction: In this study, it was aimed to obtain information about the perspectives of infectious diseases and clinical microbiology (IDCM)

specialists on online education applications and web-based seminars, and their usage and utilization rates.

Materials and Methods: In this descriptive, cross-sectional study, online survey responses of the IDCM specialists in who were members of

Infectious Diseases Clinical Microbiology Specialty Society of Turkey (EKMUD) were evaluated.

Results: A total of 184 IDCM specialists answered the survey questions. Of the participants, 77.2% thought that the pandemic disrupted postgraduate

medical education and 84.8% thought that the pandemic disrupted pre-graduate medical education. Medical educators involved in

education during the Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic reported that they mostly continued online education. Of the participants,

84.9% reported that they were able to use the internet in an effective way to gain access to information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the

responders, 58.2% reported that they followed online training programs, such as web-based seminars and lectures, and 51.6% reported that these

online programs contributed to their learning. Participants found online training programs such as web-based seminars and lectures useful in terms

of learning competence, that online training programs provided people with gain in space and time, and that they found them more instructive

because they gave them the chance to receive training in subjects of their interest. Participants reported that these programs provided learning

competency in that these programs were more beneficial to the participants in view of place, the subject that they need/they are interested in and

saving time for the trainer and the participants. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the participants mostly wanted the 2020 EKMUD congress to be

held online. A total 92.9% of the participants reported that online congresses and seminars would decrease travel, participation and sponsorship

costs. Only 24.5% of the participants considered that online congresses and seminars would be more effective in terms of social interaction and

gaining information than face-to-face congresses.

Conclusion: The IDCM specialists reported that online educational practices such as webinars were benefical. The rate of participation in webinars

and online education practices were high during the COVID-19 pandemic.